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Landscapers Look Forward to Fall Season Business

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The fall season is well underway, and you can see leaves are starting to change colors. Locals are getting their lawn and other landscapes ready for the colder temperatures ahead, and while some do the yard work themselves, businesses like Signature Landscapes always look forward to the fall, which is the next busiest time for them after spring.

Officials say they've been getting a lot of calls for fall turf aeration, which helps grow roots and reduces water usage by mixing oxygen and water into the root zone.

"We do over right around 600 to 700 households a year," said Steven Fine, the Marketing and Communications Manager for Signature Landscapes. "If there's one item that's going to make your lawn green in the spring, get it aerated, get it fertilized, very good treatments."

On average, Fine says they go through 17 tons of fertilizer between August and November.

"Your lawn needs food, and it's going to be using not as much nitrogen," Fine said. "You want to give it some more vitamins."

Their tree service workers have also been busy this season.

"This year, our tree guys have been out eight hours a day, six days a week, just taking care of stuff over hazards, removing trees, pruning trees."

For commercial properties, workers are going to bring in about 100 yards of compacted mulch and leaves a day until about mid-January.

"When you think about these large dumpsters, those are 30 yards of dumpsters," Fine said. "Three of those a day are coming in and going out to the landfill."

Workers fill one 30-yard dumpster for residential properties a day until around Christmas-time. Fine says you also need to make sure to rake your leaves and get rid of them.

"That's going to be a pest hazard," he said. "You're going to have the bugs, the mice... ...They love to sleep under those leaves. It gives them a place to live and kind of burrow away. Typically, leaves are next to homes. So, the next step to be cozy and warm during the really cold temperatures, they're going to try to sneak into your house."

Fine says he tells customers to make sure to have their sprinkler systems off by November 15th to prevent pipes from freezing.

"With that, we're always on a winter-freeze alert to kind of check those morning temperatures to make sure we're not going to have any 'gotcha's,'" Fine said.

He also says to water your lawn at least a few times this winter when the temperatures are not freezing.

"You think because it's winter, and there is snow here and there, your landscape is getting water, but it couldn't be farther from the truth, and the trees have really suffered this year because of it."

Written by Adam Varahachaikol


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